After first making his mark as a child actor on '80s sitcoms "Silver Spoons" and "The Hogan Family,"
With his directorial debut, the foul-mouthed spelling bee comedy "Bad Words," opening in six theaters Friday, Bateman enters a new stage in his career (he also stars in the film).
"Bad Words," which was made for less than $10 million, has earned generally positive reviews and had a "69% fresh" rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Time will tell how it performs at the box office. Here's a look at Bateman's box-office track record since his "Arrested" renaissance, with data from Box Office Mojo.
Domestic gross: $143.5 million. Widest release: 2,500 theaters.
Bateman lent some star power to this Oscar-winning indie comedy (for original screenplay), a surprise hit, along with
"The Ex" (2007)
Domestic gross: $3.1 million. Widest release: 1,000 theaters.
A critical and commercial disappointment, "The Ex" featured Bateman in a supporting role as Zach Braff's antagonist as the two fought over for
Domestic gross: $228 million. Widest release: 4,000 theaters.
Bateman's biggest box office success found him playing a well-meaning publicist in a supporting role opposite
Domestic gross: $10.9 million. Widest release: 1,600 theaters.
Bateman's first top-lining role since his "Arrested" comeback was this Mike Judge comedy about a guy who runs a factory making food extracts; it failed to impress critics or make much of a splash at the box office.
Domestic gross: $83.8 million. Widest release: 2,200 theaters.
Going against his usual guy-next-door type (as he does in "Bad Words"), Bateman played a ruthless executive in this comedy-drama starring
"The Switch" (2010)
Domestic gross: $27.8 million. Widest release: 2,000 theaters.
A middling success, this romantic comedy pairing Bateman with future
Domestic gross: $37.1 million. Widest release: 2,900 theaters.
Bateman didn't have much luck changing things up in "The Change Up," a body-switching comedy costarring
"Horrible Bosses" (2011)
Domestic gross: $117.5 million. Widest release: 3,100 theaters.
In this ensemble comedy, Bateman and costars
Domestic gross: $1.4 million. Widest release: 180 theaters.
Though this ensemble drama about a group of strangers who rely on technology to connect boasted a strong cast and received generally positive reviews, it opened in fewer than 200 theaters, which translated to a limited box-office take.
Domestic gross: $134.5 million. Widest release: 3,200 theaters.
In a typical Bateman straight-man role, he played a mid-level accountant trying to wrest his life back from